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Characterizing Global Variability in Groundwater Arsenic

Lead PI: Benjamin C Bostick , Dr. Alexander F. Van Geen
February 2019 - February 2021
Active
North America ; United States
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Groundwater contaminated with naturally occurring arsenic is a widespread problem affecting many alluvial and deltaic aquifer systems throughout the world. The human health toll from consuming groundwater with high levels of arsenic is staggering in its proportions. Furthermore, the use of arsenic contaminated groundwater for irrigation is observed to result in diminished crop yields and thus poses a threat to food security in arsenic affected regions.